Saturday, September 18, 2010

JavaOne 2010 is Upon Us

JavaOne 2010 is finally here and there has been a noticeable increase in the number of blog posts covering the excitement.  Even the taxi cab driver who took me from San Francisco International Airport to my hotel and the hotel's employees are aware of the "Oracle convention" going on this week and are excited about it.  They both said it is, by far, the biggest event of the year for them.  They also expressed appreciation for what it brings to the local economy.  In this blog post, I look at some of the many blog posts that have come out in recent days related to JavaOne.

The Wish Lists

Several people have posted what they want to get out of this edition of JavaOne.  I did something similar in my post almost a week ago (One Week to JavaOne 2010).  Most of the people expressing what they want to see and/or hear about at JavaOne 2010 address the common desire to know more about what Oracle's plans are for the future of Java in general along with specifics regarding certain specific aspects of Java such as JDK7/JDK8, JavaFX, etc.

In What I Want to Get Out of JavaOne 2010, Arash Barirani states that he is "most looking forward to the social aspect of JavaOne" and also mentions a common theme: "I am also really curious to see what will be different this year, now that Oracle has taken over Sun."  Barirani also states that he is looking for more information on JavaFX, Java performance tools, "J2EE-compliant PHP tools," and the java.util.concurrent interfaces Executor and ScheduledExecutorService.  I have several desires in common here; I too am planning on attending several performance-related presentations and several presentations related to concurrency.

Lucas Jellema appears to be interested in both JavaOne and Oracle OpenWorld.  In his post What questions to get answered at Java One 2010, Jellema articulates questions I think many of us have regarding the future of Java.  He wonders if Oracle will collaborate with other industry vendors on the future of Java.  He also hopes to get more description of the future of the Java programming language and the ability to use different JVM languages together.  Like many of us Jellema wonders "how threatening is the dispute between Oracle and Google?"  Jellema also brings up the mobile space and mentions questions regarding JavaFX's future in relationship to Flex, Silverlight, and HTML5.  Jellema covers topics that are likely to be big at this year's edition of JavaOne: cloud computing, OSGi, NoSQL, and REST.  Jellema also posted What Questions to Get Answered at Oracle OpenWorld 2010.

Ian Skerrett's has posted My JavaOne Wish List.  He begins his post with an enthusiastic paragraph:
Next week I will be attending JavaOne, the first organized by Oracle, and I am really looking forward to it.  The last couple of JavaOne conferences were pretty lame in terms of key Java announcements.  This year will be Oracle’s chance to set the vision for the future of Java.
Like many of us, Skerrett wants Oracle to announce Java 7 plans.  Skerrett also wants Oracle to promote OpenJDK, resolve issues related to Apache Harmony, "shake things up for Java ME," and "Stop JavaFX, please."  Not surprisingly, Skerrett's comments about JavaFX have led to the most energetic responses to the post.  The DZone syndicated version of this post has additional feedback comments as well.

We are the Future of Java

Many of us have publicly expressed our interest in finding out any details we can at JavaOne regarding Java's future.  I am sure most Java developers list this near the top of their lists for what they want to learn from this conference rather they are attending or are following reports from the conference.  Oracle has put out a page called I am the Future of Java that features "Outstanding developers who are passionate about Java technology and the Java community [sharing] their insights about the future of Java and why they're excited about attending JavaOne 2010." Markus Eisele rightfully states that "the future of Java is not only about 'outstanding developers' but about the whole community" in his post We Are All the Future of Java! :). He points out that JavaOne is an opportunity for developers to make their concerns known and thus help shape the future of Java.

JavaOne Schedules

Several  people have begun posting their tentative schedules for presentations to attend (or recommend) at JavaOne 2010. Juliano Viana has posted Looking Forward to My First JavaOneAmy Fowler talks about this edition's focus on JDK7/JDK8 in Back to Our Roots for JavaOne and provides a list of a "handful of sessions that pique my interest in the Java language and client technologies" (JavaFX, HTML5, Project Coin, Project Lambda, JDK7 and Java 7, etc.).

Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine has an obvious Java EE/GlassFish emphasis in his post Another JavaOne Around the Corner. Terrence Barr lists "things that interest me from a core platform/language/mobile/embedded perspective" in his post Session Recommendations for JavaOne and has also posted JavaOne 2010: Getting the editor Kevin Farnham has posted a collection of blogs and articles regarding JavaOne in the post What to Do at JavaOne 2010.

David Thielen has started a collection of recommendations for sessions to attend as well as a summary of session reviews that are posted.  That post is titled JavaOne and the Future of Java, again reflecting the significance this JavaOne is expected to play in the history of Java.

Miscellaneous Recent JavaOne 2010 Posts
There are several other JavaOne 2010 related posts worth reading that have come out in recent days.  These include Countdown to JavaOne 2010, Insights on JavaOne 2010 with Eugene Ciurana, and James Ward's post on the sessions he will be presenting.


The excitement over JavaOne 2010 is obvious here in San Francisco, even among those who are not Java developers.

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